October 9, 2002
Arts and Entertainment
Art listings are compiled by Sarah Han. Because of space limitations, new art shows are listed the week they open (thereafter, shows are listed on a rotating basis), and we cannot list café exhibits. For information on how to submit listings to this section, see 8 Days a Week. Reviews are by Lindsey Westbrook.
California Palace of the Legion of Honor Lincoln Park (near 34th Ave and Clement); 863-3330. Tues-Sun, 9:30am-5pm. $8, $6 seniors, $5 for 12 to 17, free for 11 and under (free Tues). "Eternal Egypt: Masterworks of Ancient Art from the British Museum," Almost 150 works from the British Museum collection. Through Nov 11. "Poor Richard." More than 70 drawings on paper by Philip Guston. Oct 12-Jan 26, 2003.
Cartoon Art Museum 655 Mission; CAR-TOON. Tues-Sun, 11am-5pm. $2-5. "Gorey at Bay: Gorey Stories." Original art and books by Edward Gorey. Through Nov 17. "Superwacky: Animation on Television, 1949-2002." An exhibition on the history of television cartoons. Through Jan 12, 2003.
Exploratorium 3601 Lyon; 563-7337. Thurs-Tues, 10am-6pm; Wed 10am-9pm. $10, $7.50 students and seniors, $6 youths. "Seeing." The title of the show may be "Seeing," but you'll probably be most surprised at what you don't see in some of the installations. Change Blindness is a huge computer screen showing a quiet storefront-sidewalk scene. Every few seconds the screen goes black for a moment, then flashes back to what appears to be the same picture. It actually changes significantly each time, but the intervening black screens prevent your eyes from perceiving the differences. Dozens of other installations explore the social aspects of seeing. Paul Kaiser's Inkblot Perceptions analyzes the ways in which interpretations of Rorschach-like blots vary with age and cultural background. Go to www.exploratorium.edu for complete information. Through Jan 31, 2003. (Westbrook) "Traits of Life: A New Living Laboratory." More than 30 exhibits explore the definition of what it means to be alive. Through March 2003.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art 151 Third St; 357-4000. Fri-Tues, 11am-6pm; Thurs, 11am-9:30pm. $10, $7 seniors, $6 students, free for 12 and under and members (free first Tues; half-price Thurs, 6-9pm). "Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971." More than 150 photographs by 65 photographers from Chicago's Institute of Design. Through Oct 20. "Dreaming in Pictures: The Photography of Lewis Carroll." Almost 80 photographs by Carroll. Through Nov 10. "Numbers." New video work by Kristin Oppenheim. Through Nov 24. "Ellsworth Kelly in San Francisco." More than 20 works by Kelly. Through Jan 5, 2003. "Gerhard Richter: Forty Years of Painting." Almost 140 paintings from the early 1960s to the present by Gerhard Richter. Oct 12-Jan 14, 2003.
San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum 401 Van Ness, Fourth fl; 255-4800. Tues and Thurs-Sat, 11am-5pm; Wed, 11am-7pm. Free. "Natural Selections: Stage Designs by Sandra Woodall." Costumes and sets. Through Dec 28.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission; 978-ARTS. Tues-Sun, 11am-6pm (first Thurs, 11am-8pm). $6, $3 seniors, students, and youths, free for members (free first Tues). "Fantastic! The Art of Comics and Illusion." An exhibit focused on contemporary comics culture. Through Sun/13.
Museum of Children's Art 538 Ninth St, Oakl; (510) 465-8700. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, noon-5pm. Free. "Then and Now," works by children's book illustrators. Through Dec 31.
Oakland Museum of California 1000 Oak, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Wed-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, noon-5pm (first Fri, 10am-9pm). $6, $4 seniors and students. "Espíritu Sin Fronteras: Ofrendas for the Days of the Dead." Mexican-inspired altars and artworks. Oct 12-Dec 1. "Solo Flights: The Aerial Photographs of Robert Hartman." Twenty-five photographs by Hartman. Through Jan 12, 2003. See Critic's Choice. "State of Emergency: Disaster Response in California." A survey of California disasters since 1906 through photographs by Maggie Hallahan. Through March 30, 2003.
UC Berkeley Art Museum 2625 Durant, Berk; (510) 642-0808. Wed-Sun, 11am-7pm. $6, $4 seniors and youths, free for 12 and under, members, and UC Berkeley students and faculty (free Thurs). "Richard Misrach: Berkeley Work." Photographs by the artist. Through Sun/13. "Alexander Rodchenko: Modern Photography, Photomontage, and Film." Work by the Russian avant garde artist. Through Sun/13. "Matrix 201a: Tony Feher." sculptural installations by Tony Feher. Through Oct 27.
Aurobora Press 147 Natoma; 546-7880. Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm. New monotypes by Gary Komarin. Through Sat/12. New works by Katherine Sherwood. Oct 15-Nov 30.
John Berggruen 228 Grant; 781-4629. Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm; Sat, 10:30am-5pm. "An Eye for Beauty," photographs by Evelyn H. Lauder. Tues/15-Thurs/17. Paintings by Willem de Kooning. Through Nov 16.
Build 483 Guerrero; 863-3041. By appt only. "Emerging Evidence," an exhibition of work by Elaine Coombs and Denise Duffy in conjunction with the 27th annual "Open Studios." Fri/11, 6:30-9:30pm; Sat/12-Sun/13, 11am-6pm.
City Art 828 Valencia; 970-9900. Wed-Sun, noon-9pm. "Best of the Bay," work by various artists. Through Oct 31. "Open Studios," Sat/12-Sun/13, 11am-6pm.
Gallery 16 1616 16th St; 626-7495. Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Recent photographs by Michael Venera (reception Fri/11, 6-9pm). Oct 11-Nov 8.
Graduate Gallery California College of Arts and Crafts, 1111 Eighth St; (510) 420-0709. Call for hours. "Over, Under, Sideways, Down," works by Olivia Brown, Adele Crawford, Sasha Duerr, and Leigh Schroeder (reception Oct 18, 6-8pm). Oct 13-27.
John Pence 750 Post; 441-1138. Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm. "Still Lifes + Florals + Interiors," an invitational exhibition featuring work by 42 artists (reception Fri/11, 6-8:30pm). Oct 11-Nov 9.
Mitcho 192 Noe; 621-2855. Call for hours. "Open Studios," Sat/12-Sun/13, 11am-6pm.
Octavia's Haze 498 Hayes; 255-6818. Wed-Sat, noon-6pm; Sun, 11am-5pm. New works by Audrey Welch. Oct 9-Nov 17.
San Francisco Center for the Book 300 De Haro; 565-0545. Mon-Fri, noon-5pm. "Revealing the Mysteries: The Development of the Artist's Book in the Bay Area," works by various artists (reception Fri/11, 6-8pm). Oct 11-Jan 15, 2003.
Student Center Art Gallery SFSU, Cesar Chavez Student Union, 1650 Holloway; 338-2580. Mon-Wed, 10am-6pm; Thurs-Tues, 11am-3pm. "Biraciality: A Prism for Consciousness," paintings and mixed-media installations by Linden Keiffer (reception Thurs/10, 5-8pm). Oct 10-Nov 6.
Babilonia 1808 1808 Fifth St, Berk; (510) 549-1808. Wed-Sat, 11am-6pm. "Heroes of the Homeland: Crossing Gender and Generations," photographs by Rick Rocamora (reception Sat/12, 6-8pm). Oct 12-Dec 7.
Oliver Art Center California College of Arts and Crafts, 5212 Broadway, Oakl. (510) 653-8118. Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm (Wed, until 9pm). "Reality Check: Painting in the Exploded Field, Selections from the Vicki and Kent Logan Collection," works by seven artists (reception Wed/9, 7-8:30pm). Oct 10-Dec 14.
21 Grand 449B 23rd St, Oakl; (510) 444-7263. Thurs, 4-8pm; Fri-Sun, 1-6pm. "Fiddlin' While It Burns: An Aesthetic Compromise," recent work by JD Schreiber and Lisa Pesch (reception Mon/14, 7-10pm). Oct 12-Nov 2.
Arc San Francisco 416 Bay; 268-0135. Call for hours. "The Six-Toe Kitty Group," work by various artists. Through Oct 31.
ArtHaus 1053 Bush, Ste 2; 922-8219. By appt. only. "The Fine Art of Living," work by Greg Drasler, Suzanne Benton, Carol Massa, Deborah Brown, Jess Johnston, Marc Lambrechts, Jeffrey Ketcham, and Andrea Arroyo. Through Dec 31.
Atelier of Famous Melissa and Co. 545 Sutter; 788-1866. Tues-Sat, 12:30-6pm. "Zen Squared," work by Richard Godfrey. Through Oct 31.
Baxter Chang Patri Fine Art Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason; 397-2000. Tues-Sat, 11am-6pm and by appt. "All Access Pass," photographs by Jim Marshall (reception Thurs/10, 6-10pm). Through Oct 31.
Blackbird Space 2642 Third St; 826-2557. Call for hours. "Easter Island," art and sound artifacts by Lara Allen, Matt Borruso, Brian Chippendale, Beverly Choate, James Goode, Christine Shields, and Linda Haygood. Through Sun/13.
California Institute of Integral Studies 695 Minna, Minna Street Center, second floor; 575-6257. Call for hours. "Beneath the Surface," work by Luis Browne, Jennifer Connolly, Tricia Grame, and Tanya Wilkinson (reception Oct 18, 5-7pm). Through Nov 30.
Chinese Culture Center 750 Kearny, Third fl; 986-1822. Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm. "Watercolors from a Chinese Point of View," paintings by Chen Yang Chun. Through Sun/13.
City Arts Gallery City College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan, Visual Arts Bldg, V117; 239-3000. Mon-Fri, 10am-4:30pm (also Tues-Wed, 6-8:30pm). Rock posters from the Rock Poster Society. Through Fri/11.
Creativity Explored 3245 16th St; 863-2108. Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm; Sat, 11am-6pm. "This is my family," journals, prints, and collages. Through Sat/12.
Diego Rivera San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut; 771-7020. Daily, 9am-9pm. Work by Josephine Taylor, Karina Longworth, and Katy Dennler. Through Sat/12.
Dolby Chadwick 266 Sutter, fourth fl; 956-3560. Tues-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 11am-5pm. "Stained Glass Elegies," new paintings by Gregg Chadwick. Through Nov 2.
Encantada 904 Valencia; 642-3939. Tues-Sun, noon-6pm; Fri-Sat, noon-8pm. "Time in the Life of Two Artists," paintings and assemblages by Tony de Carlo and Jose Ramon Lerma. Through Mon/14.
Focus Gallery 2423 Polk; 567-9067. Tues and Thurs, noon-9pm; Wed, Fri-Sun, noon-6pm. Works by Michelle Nye, Amie S. Postic, Craig Fonarow, Susanne Friedrich, and Ann Simms (reception Thurs/10, 6-9pm). Through Oct 31.
Gallery Lux 521 Seventh St; 864-2222. Wed-Fri, 1-5pm, and by appt. "Saun," works by Mexican artists from Los Angeles, Tijuana, and Mexico City. Through Tues/15.
Gallery OneZero 10 Vinton Court; www.galleryonezero.com. Fri-Sat, 2-6pm (first Thurs, 5-7pm). "Selections: 1998-2002," photographs by Nancy Warner. Through Sat/12.
Hang at the Canvas 1200 Ninth Ave; 504-0070. Mon-Wed, 11am-7pm; Thurs-Fri, 11am-9pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-9pm. "2nd Anniversary Celebration," new work from Hang at the Canvas artists. Through Mon/14.
Hosfelt Gallery 430 Clementina; 495-5454. Tues-Sat, 11am-5:30pm. "Mother Tongue," new paintings by Catherine McCarthy; "The Nijinsky Series," photo-montages by John O'Reilly; "Possibilities of a Beautiful Love," work by Marc Lafia. Through Sat/12.
Jack Hanley Gallery 395 Valencia; 522-1623. Tues-Thurs, 11am-6pm. Work by Will Rogan. Through Sat/12.
Linc Real Art 1632 Market; 503-1981. Wed-Sat, noon-6pm. "Nest Egg Omelette." They're such simple pictures, but Tucker Nichols's drawings aren't so easy to explain. Each one is perfect and finished in its own way, while at the same time, as casual and unassuming as a page ripped from a sketchbook. His works seem coy and suggestive at first, coaxing us to think beyond the edges of the paper and imagine what the enigmatic words and images are trying to get at. But they also revel in their own smallness and self-reflexivity, refusing to point outside themselves and instead pulling us into their insulated little world. Other noteworthy artists participating in this show include Thomas McGovern, Sam Tchakalian, and Clayton Bailey. Tues/15. (Westbrook).
Marcel Sitcoske 20 Hawthorne; 434-4804. Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm; Mon, by appt. Work by Emil Lukas. Through Sat/12.
Mission Cultural Center 2868 Mission; 821-1155. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm. "Voices on Paper: A 25 Year Retrospective of Posters and Prints by Mission Gráfica." Through Sat/12.
New Langton Arts 1246 Folsom; 626-5416. Tues-Sat, noon-6pm. "Bags" and "Day Jobs." It's a little odd to stand around staring at a suitcase or a purse, waiting for it to do something. The "actors" in New Langton's Bags show are a little temperamental, though, and you just can't rush them into anything. Tubes and wires run all around the gallery floor, leading from each bag to a hidden source of pneumatic or electric power that causes irregular fits of opening and closing and flashing lights. The two primary artists behind the exhibit are Nick Bertoni and Laetitia Sonami. Concurrently running on New Langton's Web site (www.newlangtonarts.org) is a second exhibit, Day Jobs. It explores the ways in which the graphic and digital design work of four professional Internet artists influences their personal Net-art projects and vice versa. As with the bags, patience is required; not all the Web sites were designed to be user-friendly, and some take unconventional navigation and graphic complexity to an extreme. As long as you aren't in a hurry, though, it's definitely an engaging several-hours' worth of reading and clicking around. Through Oct 19. (Westbrook)
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery 401 Van Ness; 554-6080. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Hall of Reflections: Remembrances of the Bay Area Iranian-American Immigrants," works by Taraneh Hemami. Through Sat/12.
San Francisco City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl; 252-2568. Mon-Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat-Sun, noon-4pm. "Children's Voice!," commemorative posters by youth from the Yunjua Fang Art Studio, San Jose. Through Sun/13.
Southern Exposure 401 Alabama; 863-2141. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Brut Love" work by artists with disabilities from Creative Growth Art Center; "Grey Invaders," dioramas by John C. Rogers. Through Sun/13. Eroticism in art is nothing new, but eroticism in art by people with disabilities is still a touchy subject. The controversy over "Brut Love," an exhibition of works by artists with disabilities from Creative Growth Art Center, began before it even opened, but now that the show is under way, the hope is that it will facilitate a more open, less uncomfortable dialogue about the lives of disabled people. In the upstairs gallery, John C. Rogers presents "Grey Invaders," dioramas detailing the unsuccessful takeover of the United States by unknown forces. It begins with a well-worn map of the United States, which is marked to look like a record of someone's cross-country road trip but is actually supposed to represent, we soon realize, a plan of national attack as conceived by some malevolent army. A subsequent series of small dioramas fleshes out the scenario. Their obvious humor makes it clear that they are just facetious imaginings. By overlaying elements of sci-fi horror on scenes of everyday suburban life, Rogers hopes to inspire a little paranoia, or a little smile, or both. Through Sun/13. (Westbrook) "Open Studios," Sat/12-Sun/13, 11-5pm.
SRO Gallery 2344 Market; 566-5361. Call for hours. "City People: American Urban Life of the 1930's-40's," work by Isabel Bishop, John Sloan, Harry Sternberg, and others. Through Sat/12.
Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Golden Gate Park, Ninth Ave at Lincoln Way; 661-1316, ext 303. Call for hours. "Forms of Light," color photographs by Sidney Hollister (reception Wed/9, 5-7pm). Through Dec 31.
Thacher Gallery University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton; 422-2660. Mon-Fri, noon-5:30pm. "Masterworks in Hot Type: Andrew Hoyem Retrospective," books, illustrations, and portfolios by Andrew Hoyem. Through Sun/13.
39th Exposure Gallery and Studio 39 Mesa, No. 4, Main Post, Presidio Park; 561-3123. Thurs-Tues, noon-6pm, and by appt. "The Language of Place - San Francisco Pictures/The Hand-Written Image," work by Deone Jahnke. Through Thurs/10.
Triangle Gallery 47 Kearny, fifth fl; 392-1686. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. "Robert Hartman Retrospective: 25 Years of Aerial Photographs." Through Oct 26. See Critic's Choice.
Whitney Young Cultural Center Mansion 1101 Masonic; 821-7550. By appt. "Urban Folk Pop Art," work by Attaboy, Dave Warnke, Rik Livingston, Michael-Brian Norris, and Mark Z-Man. Through Fri/11.
Center for Labor Research and Education/Institute for Labor and Employment UC Berkeley, Director's Lounge, 2521 Channing Way, Berk; (510) 642-1056. Call for hours. "Rebellion on the Border," photographs by David Bacon (reception Thurs/10, 5:30-7:30pm). Through Jan 15, 2003.
Creative Growth Art Center 355 24th St, Oakl; (510) 836-2340. Mon-Fri, 11am-5:30pm, and by appt. "Other Spaces/Other Places," curated by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson; "Brut Love Satellite Exhibition," work by artists with disabilities from Creative Growth Art Center. Through Fri/11.
East Bay Municipal Utility District Administration Building 375 11th St, Second fl lobby, Oakl; (510) 287-0143. Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm. "Grabarte Artists," works by Monica Marini, Andres Cisneros-Galindo, Maria Vera, Rafael Gil, and Nestor Govanes. Through Fri/11.
Gallery 555 555 City Center, Oakl; (510) 238-2200. Mon-Fri, 7am-6pm. "Balancing Acts," works by Ann Weber. Through Thurs/10.
San Marco Gallery Dominican University of California, Alemany Library, San Rafael; (415) 485-3251. Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 2-5pm. Wood sculptures by Carol Setterlund. Through Sun/13.